Call for participation in the fall 2023 program

NOBALIS partners are inviting the students and student-staff teams working on an food and biotech related ideas to the NOBALIS Entrepreneurial and Innovation Capacity Development (EICD) programme for food, biotechnology and bioresource start-ups in the fall of 2023.

For whom?

Student and student staff teams from the NOBALIS partner institutions:

  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU),
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ),
  • Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technology (LBTU),
  • Linnaeus University (LNU)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).


2- 5 people teams.

Teams can participate with their own idea or work on the challenges proposed by the industry partners. Program will offer opportunity to find a team.


The programme supports the development of the initial ideas related to new products/services in food, biotech and biotechnology towards valid business models. The program will take place over 3 month period combining joint online sessions and events in the each university.

  • Hackathon and Matchmaking event on Oct. 4th: ideation and preliminary development of initial ideas and team formulation (hybrid format)
  • Mentoring programme: teams receive mentoring and go through 3 intense development days focused on sustainable product development and MVP, sales and marketing, fundraising (public and private), pitching skills.
    • Preliminary schedule (online sessions):
      • Session 1: Oct. 18th
      • Session 2: November 8th
      • Session 3: November 29th
  • Demo Day: on Dec. 13th all teams will pitch to international jury (hybrid format)


  • €1000 prize to the best team + prizes from each university to their best teams
  • Hands on support for developing a business idea
  • Great international mentors in business and product development, marketing and sales, and other fields relevant to participating teams
  • Help with IP management, prototyping facilities & tools and building contacts with investors and industry

How to participate

Register for Idea Hackathon by Sunday Sept. 24th at this link